Miguel Castro | Percussionist
Miguel studied music from 1977 to 1981 at the "Conservatorio Nacional de
Musica" in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. After that, he went to New York for his
Masters Degree - which he received in 1986.
During the entire time of his education he has been very active with live
performance. He has played in various orchestras (Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional, Swiss
Philharmonic Orchestra, Carol Morgan Operatic Society, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra,
Orquesta Sinfonica de Maracaibo), as well as various jazz groups and
Latin American music groups. Miguel also performed at several radio and TV stations in
Santo Domingo. By 1978 he had been teaching at various schools - amongst them, the
Conservatorio Nacional de Musica where he himself had studied earlier.
In 1991, Miguel moved to Germany where he played in numerous Latin American
groups and in jazz, pop and acoustic bands. He did tours throughout Europe with various
groups, amongst them the Puerto Rican Salsa star Marvin Santiago.
In 1992, he returned to the U.S. where he has since continued as an active
performer as well as a teacher of Latin music. At present, he is the Director of
Percussion Studies at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and the Artistic Director of the
"Saoco Percussion Ensemble". Miguel is also in demand as a percussion clinician
and recording artist, and maintains a busy schedule in and outside of the U.S.
Check out Miguel playing percussion on Skeebo Knight's tune "Pineapple
Sandwich" recorded at Shadow
Sound Studio in Macon, GA. Click here for the
dial-up version. Click here for the high
Miguel is proficient on the drum set, marimba, vibes, glockenspiel, congas,
tambora, bongos, djembe, atumpan, djun-djun, atabaque, doumbek, rik, zils, trash cans,
timbales, miscellaneous cowbells, kalimba, water rhythms, udu, balafon, steel drums, body
percussion, log drums, guiro, scrapers, metal pipes, door knobs, water jug drums,
woodblocks, tabla, mridangam, clay drums, talking drums, Vietnamese bamboophone, taiko
drum, miscellaneous gongs and cymbals, bombo, cajon, Native American Indian drums,
Scottish pipe-drum, tonal bass drums, marching snare, quads, ethereal percussion, shakers,
tambourine, flute, and piano (!)